Tonight, my daughter took me out to a movie for Father's day. It's something we do on a regular basis as we have a theater near us that has great seats and a huge 3D screen. She left it to me to pick the movie, so I chose Finding Dori, the sequel to the popular Finding Nemo. In my best movie critic voice I would describe it In one word, the word is great.
I'm obviously not a movie critic but the movie made me think about earlier I had the privilege of preaching from Nehemiah 9 for Father's Day. This chapter outlines the amazing grace and mercy of God our perfect Heavenly Father.
In the movie, Dori had gotten separated from her parents. Dori is a special fish, she suffers from short term memory loss. Her issue is the source of much of the humor in the movie, as it is much of the difficulties for the characters. Anyway, by the end, Dori finds her parents again...only we discover that they hadn't been searching for her. They had been waiting for her to return. While they waited for years, they had been constructing a special map which would lead her back to them.
Similarly, I find God has done the same way for me. Just like the father of the prodigal son, he waited patiently for me to return. Knowing that I would be searching for him, it was best to wait in place - rather than be in a frantic search for me - he would instead be at the place he knew I would start to look for him. I started to look in His Word. As I entered the pages of scripture, I encountered God's grace, mercy, instruction, encouragement, rebuke, and blessing...which changed my life.
6/2014-2/2017 Pastor Gary Priddy